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Iggy Pop's tour rider + P.J. O'Rourke satire

Via starskin, you must read as much of Iggy Pop's tour rider as you can -- it's long, but very, very funny. Apparently typed up by a roadie, it's full of witty asides, jokes, and non-sequiturs that made me laugh out loud in parts.

And via gurugeorge, this fantastic article about how the GOP is stinking up the joint. Every paragraph has several high points, but here are some of my favourites:
Watching Republicans in Washington is like watching lemmings, if lemmings jumped into cesspools instead of off cliffs. Splash! There goes Mark Foley!

Social Security privatization was presented to the electorate with a public relations and marketing flair not seen since New Coke.

Immigration policy will fence the border, providing economic stimulus to the Mexican ladder industry.

Republican federal budgets have shown less self-restraint than Mark Foley's instant messaging.

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jdquintette October 19th, 2006
I used to really enjoy P.J. back in the old days at National Lampoon, and later in the 80s when he was doing a lot of freelance stuff in Rolling Stone. Then after I quit drinking and doing drugs, his humor started to feel a bit mean-spirited and I kind of left it behind.

I did get a chuckle or two out of this, but it would have been a lot more enjoyable if he hadn't spent the last five years or so cheerleading for Bushco. Now that their own venality and incompetence is catching up to them, he's bailing out, along with a lot of other folks.

iamom October 19th, 2006
Oh wow man, I had no idea about all that history. I'm glad you hipped me to it. It's cool to know that.

When I re-read my snippets afterwards, I also found them a bit mean-spirited, actually. When taken out of context, they're pretty stinging punchlines.

jdquintette October 19th, 2006
I'm trying to be a sport about the New Orleans stuff (billions spent so college students can get drunk below sea level) but it's a bit like trying to laugh at a guy making jokes about liver cancer when your biopsy just came back positive.

Plus there's just so much potential material he missed. The "Billions spent" for example. Stuff comes up down here every day about those 'billions' which, for some strange reason never seems to make it onto the national news. Take the "Road Home" program, for example. This is a 12 billion dollar fund (managed by a Halliburton subsidary) directed at getting rebuilding funds to homeowners who didn't have flood insurance (because their insurance companies told them they wouldn't need it. Because the Army Corps of Engineers said they didn't live on a floodplane). The 'billions' started flowing sept. 1st, a full year after the flood. So far, the Halliburton subsidary which manages the fund has taken 12 million in fees, and dispensed $600,000 in grants. To 14 homeowners.

Is it just me, or is that really...not funny?

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